What's better than a day on the river?
Well, not much! So get to Juneau County because we have miles and miles of canoeing, kayaking and tubing opportunities!
- The Lemonweir River
- The Yellow River
- The Baraboo River
- The Wisconsin River
And let's not forget about the 2nd & 4th largest lakes in Wisconsin, Castle Rock and Petenwell, both located right here in Juneau County! Some of our canoe trails are mapped out below.
Be sure to check water conditions before you go! Here are a couple helpful links:
Wisconsin River Forecast Center Click on an icon in your area of interest. You will then have the ability to refine your search.
Explore Wisconsin Waters - You can enter Juneau to search all of the waters in Juneau County!
Below are several maps showing various canoe trails. You have the ability to use the magnifying glass to zoom in on some of the map. As with any river or stream, there may be downed trees that would cause you to have to portage around them. Always use caution and be sure to have your flotation devises handy! Make sure you let someone know your plans when embarking on a trip down the river, just in case of emergencies!
There is a put in site for canoes on 37th West just a quarter mile off of County Road M, north of New Lisbon. The above map shows the take out at Kennedy Park on County Road M, however you could continue all the way to New Lisbon as shown on the map below.
The trip from the Necedah Dam to Crappie Point take-out on Castle Rock Lake takes 4 – 5 hours and is for intermediate to experienced canoe/kayakers. There are no falls or rapids, but the swift current and numerous deadfalls in the river can make for tricky paddling. Log jams often require portages. The forest setting feels remote and offers lots of wildlife and many bird species. The trip downstream goes trough typical river bottom lowlands with lots of sloughs, potholes and meanders. The single vertical pole overhead wires are about half way to Crappie Point. The river soon splits after the half way mark and you’ll want to stay left where you’ll enter the Yellow River Wildlife Area where the river slows down as flowage waters are backed up from Castle Rock Lake. When you see the Buckhorn Bridge, go to the west shore, (right side), to get to Crappie Point boat landing area. A state park permit is required for this area.
Put in at the Union Center Canoe Landing and take the 3-hour trip to Wonewoc, WI. You can rent canoes and kayaks from “Beyond Boundaries” in Wonewoc, where shuttle service is available. Call 608-464-7433, for more information or to make reservations.
For additional information on the area call:
Village of Union Center: 608-462-8810
Village of Wonewoc: 608-464-3114 or 608-464-3341
The below maps show various portions of the Wisconsin River. You can zoom in for more detail. The Red squares depict dams or impasses.